Development

Wind's growth is once again exceeding the most optimistic predictions. It's too early for an accurate end-of-year tally, but our Windicator sensors are pointing to 2000 MW and more of new wind plant in the past year, bringing global operating capacity comfortably above 9000 MW. Once again Europe leads the way, but while its 1998 growth rate compared with 1997 is stable, North America's has gone through the roof, with the addition of around 400 MW of new wind in past months. The two regions account for by far the most of the new development, but other active areas of note, are the Pacific Region, where projects in Japan and New Zealand are helping push up The Windicator total, and in Asia, where there is activity in China, and to a lesser extent India.

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